The Council for Indian School Certificate Examinations (CISCE) has written to the chief ministers of all the states, requesting them to allow the partial reopening of schools. CISCE specifically asked for partial reopening for classes 10 and 12 from 4 January 2021 onwards. The unlock guidelines, formulated by the Ministry of Home Affairs, have left the decision for reopening of schools on the chief ministers. Some states did reopen their schools in mid-October but closed it again with a spike in COVID-19 cases.
This year, the board conducted the Class 10 ICSE exam for 2,341 schools and the Class 12 ISC exam for 1,125 schools across the country. In a statement issued by the chief executive and secretary of CISCE, Gerry Arathoon, he stated, “With the students physically attending school, this time will be utilised for practical work, project work, SUPW work and for ‘doubt clearing’ lessons.” He further added,
“If allowed to reopen, the schools will be informed to follow the directives of the state government regarding COVID-19 and to conform to the safety guidelines and the standard operating procedures of the state health department to prevent the spread of coronavirus.”
Apart from this, the CISCE also requested the Chief Election Commissioner of India to share the dates for the upcoming state elections. The request was raised so that the authorities can freely frame the ICSE exam 2021 and ISC exam 2021 dates accordingly. A statement from CISCE read,
“This will enable CISCE to finalise the schedules for ICSE-Class 10 and ISC-Class 12 year 2021 examinations and to ensure that there is no clash of dates.”